Note: For budgetary and therefore cost efficiency purposes, the final decisions in regard to the Foundations Management structure will be determined in line with on-going development, schedules and available funding.

EOF will always strive to maximise the use of donor funds by keeping our overheads low, therefore, initially the subcontracting of services and out-sourcing these various resources will be key.

Future Appointments in line with non-profit organisation development will require:

Other key positions

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Responsible for the entire operations of EOF and reports directly to the chairman and board of directors. It is the CEO's responsibility to implement board decisions and initiatives and to maintain the smooth operation of EOF, with the assistance of senior management. CEO will also be designated as the Foundations president and therefore also be one of the inside directors on the board.

Chief Operations Officer (COO): Responsible for the EOF's operations, the COO looks after issues related to marketing/media, sales, fund-raising, IT, research, development, production and personnel. More hands-on than the CEO, the COO looks after day-to-day activities while providing feedback to the CEO.

Chief Finance Officer (CFO): Also reporting directly to the CEO, the CFO is responsible for analysing and reviewing financial data, reporting financial performance, preparing budgets and monitoring expenditures and costs. The CFO is required to present this information to the board of directors at regular intervals and provide this information to shareholders and regulatory bodies.

External Board Members/Trustees: will include a scientist, lawyer, educator, researcher and media professional.


Board Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Audit: Provides board oversight & review of EOF’s monthly books and annual financial audit. Will monitor financial health of EOF on quarterly and annual basis. Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member with CFO experience.

Finance: Recommends financial policy, reviews annual budgets for board approval and monitor/review monthly fund-raising progress. Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member with CFO experience.

Development: Recommends and reviews resource development, fund-raising / marketing, logistics and activities. Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member.

Governance: Will review and recommend accountability and transparency policy, conflict-of-interest issues and annual performance of EOF. Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member with a law background.

Expedition: Will review and recommend the building of the vessel, film Production Company, location and logistics for filming and on location technical issues for EOF’s documentary series. Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member.

Education: Will review and recommend the development and strategy of EOF’s educational programme.  Will consist of two internal board members and one outside board member with an educational background.

Environmental: Will review and recommend EOF’s environmental policies and accountability, both internally and as it relates to corporate donors & partners.


Overall Purpose

The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.


Main Responsibilities

To ensure that the charity and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.

To uphold the fiduciary duty invested in the position, undertaking such duties in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the charity.

To determine the overall direction and development of the charity through good governance and clear strategic planning.


Main Duties


Accountable to:

As the board is responsible and liable for the governance and functioning of the charity, they are accountable in varying degrees to a variety of stakeholders, including: service users, members, funders, and the Charity Commission.

Did you know?

Known for 'basking' in the sun, this friendly shark is the second largest after the Whale shark.

Basking Sharks are impressive migrators, historically found in all of our ocean's temperate zones.  Although fished aggressively in past centuries, today the Basking shark is most commonly found in the waters off New Zealand, Canada and Ireland. 

Like his cousin the Whale shark, the Basking shark is a filter feeder, relying on Zooplankton and small Invertebrates as its main source of nutrition.

Reaching sizes of up to 10 meters, these sharks are gentle giants, known to swim slowly and near the surface of the water. Characterized by their docile nature, Basking sharks are an easy fishing target, and they are still hunted for their flesh, fins, and the gallons of oil produced by their livers.

Basking sharks equipped with research tags have proved to scientists they can swim across oceans and cross equators along their journeys. They have also been seen breaching and swimming nose to tail in what is thought to indicate mating behavior.  

With fewer than 8,000 female Basking sharks left in our oceans, scientists are hurriedly trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures.  Some believe they could become indicators of climate change given they are constantly following, searching for, or feeding on a great indicator of eco-system health, Zooplankton.    



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